Over the years, one of my favorite things about blogging has become image processing. Really. I love having many windows open in Photoshop. I own about 5,000 fonts, and my font twin (Kelly from Gouldylox Reviews) and I will email each other links to new (and free) fonts. I love playing with the layers, trying different colors, transparencies and trying to create a great glitter effect. Yes, I'm a computer nerd and I kind of love it!
I'm not a graphic designer, though I definitely have more skills than the average blogger. I've designed this site and done the graphics on my own for about 6 1/2 years and have designed/coded for other bloggers as well. The thing I get asked the most (other than requests for more social media buttons) is for directions on how to create my collages. Check out my Busy Mom's Makeup Kit and Martha's Must Have Beauty Essentials to see what I mean.
This tutorial is only for the advanced Photoshop user. You shouldn't be saying "what's a layer?" and "transform?" I warn you now that I have Photoshop CS3, so it is old but I find no reason to upgrade (especially now that the cloud stuff is coming), and I have never even opened a Photoshop Elements program. I don't know how things translate over and can't help you with that. But, I do expect that some of the basic concepts would be the same.
Read on if you're interested in my process....